Old Diary

When the heat gets to you


Yesterday I mentioned our neighbor who decided that they needed more cooling… this is how they decided to get it.

Today was sort of an adrenalin let down day for us.  We are both emotionally exhausted — I guess being ‘on call’ is more strenuous than we thought it might be.  While we were poking around the campground we found one of our Highland Ridge campers who seem to have followed us down here.  Small world.

I snapped a few shots around the campground to give some sense of how much the water levels have receded.  It’s amazing to me not only the power and fluctuations of nature but also the degree to which man has learned to control them.  It’s truly amazing to me.


Great River Roadhouse Interior

We made it back to Great River Roadhouse tonight — IN july we had seen their marvelous pizzas and we had to come back to try one.  it was worth waiting 2 months for.  The joint gets a lot of local traffic, a lot of biker traffic, and tonight it was host to the Driftless Paddlers, a Kayaking group.  They had clearly had a fun day and they all seemed to still be dry — a miracle I rarely seem to be able to achieve when I get into a Kayak.

They also have some 40 different bees.  Not all craft or IPAs but a nice selection nonetheless.

I finally got around to our DISH TV again.  It’s the dumbest thing.  I had it hooked up in the driveway at Cudahy and then switched over to antenna TV.  When we left Cudahy it was a while before we could get a satellite signal (based on where our campsite was located) — and by then I couldn’t remember what software switches to set — and then we didn’t have a signal again.  It’s nice to see what I’ve been paying for.  🙂

And, it will be nice to have a little more control over what we watch!  Relying strictly on the Air stations is good enough most of the time but it will be nice to have some variety.  Not sure what we’ll have in Florence.

I’ve been doing a little research on Florence — one of the topics lead me to find a reference to Oregon Farmers Markets.  I’ll post that in a day or so.


a medium pepperoni, black olive, mushroom ‘Za

We have a huge number of sparrows here.  I’m not sure why but we didn’t see a single sparrow up at Highland Ridge.  Yesterday afternoon on the prairie terrain alongside our site there were 30 at one time.

Immature Easter Brown Headed Cowbird

Immature Easter Brown Headed Cowbird

On that same subject, the last few days in Highland Ridge we had a little friend hanging out near our campsite.  This little guy was so friendly he would come within 1 foot of our feet with no sense of fear at all.  He’s a happy little bug eater so we weren’t in any hurry to send him on his way.  We were only happy that he didn’t get in the way as we pulled out from our site yesterday.

It’s funny how some critters have so much fear of humans, and others seem quite content to have people near and show no evidence of human-phobia.

Old Diary


UFO Hunter – Unidentified Floating Object hunter

UFO Hunter – Unidentified Floating Object hunter – Kathryn trying to figure out what she saw floating downstream!

Monday after a holiday week; calm descends on the campground and campers leave behind a hill of trash!  I am amazed at how much trash campers can leave behind.  But one thing seems sure:  if the campground recycles and people put out bags of empty beer cans there will be some camper who will pull up to the recycling bin and grab all the aluminum cans they can find and TAKE them.

Sunday was a really sweet day for Peg and I.  Having Kathryn come to visit is always a treat.  We laugh a lot, well smile a lot, tell a lot of stories and can enjoy just being together without having to be “doing” things.  That was Sunday.

The only thing we managed to “accomplish” was having a meal at the local river front resto. The Great River Roadhouse seems to be a really popular stopping point for bikers and it’s about the only roadside resto with a view of the river for quite a few miles.  The food was great – the pizza looked amazing (and we might have to come back here some time just to try the pizza).  We had a nice meal and enjoyed the view of the river from an air conditioned vantage point.   We must have been in an italian mood — all three of us — because it was pasta all around.  Real tasty!

Kathryn heads back home on Monday — today.  So life life will return to being a little quieter and (just kidding) a little roomier!  Our 32′ coach is big enough for a couple guests occasionally but as a strictly an observation that third or potentially fourth person make a significant difference in the amount of personal space you have to call your own!!!!!!  None of which is a complaint — we intentionally wanted a small coach to LIVE in, knowing that there will be times when we’re a little chummier than others.

When we first got married we often had lots of visitors.  We were active at church and conferences and weekend visitors were frequent.  At the time we were living in a 700 sq ft apartment and we had as many as 15 people staying over 2 nights with us — all using only one bathroom.  So, three people in 230 sq ft is still a luxury!!!

As we get closer to moving day (this Wednesday) we begin our routine of pre-moving stowage.  It rained a nice rain last night — but our poly-something outdoor rug is now thoroughly wet.  We’ll make sure it gets dried out today because we have more storms in the forecast today and tomorrow and we don’t want a wet outdoor rug stored int he basement while the coach is in the shop.  If our outdoor chairs got wet we’ll make sure they see the sun and get thoroughly dried as well.

There is NO “right way” to RV,  we just do those things that make sense to US for the plans (or lack of plans) that we have at any moment.  We watch neighbors arrive and depart and everyone has their own way of doing things — which is great – it’s a big world and there’s room for all sorts of people.

Ok – my ladies are hungry so I better get on the stick and make some breakfast — talk to you later.